Swarthmore College Computer Society
The Swarthmore College Computer Society is a student run organization that
provides a forum for College computer enthusiasts to discuss computing
issues and try out hardware and software, houses a small library and
maintains UNIX workstations for general student use.
The organization structure of the SCCS contains three main sections:
The SCCS provides several significant services to the campus community,
including UNIX Workstations, a support group for DOS users and a small
library of computer related books. The SCCS also provides several forums for
discussion of topics of interest to the members:
- the Officers(Members(students))
- the Sysadmins(Members(students))
- the Unix Policy Board(Users(students))
All lists are open to all members of the Swarthmore community, including
- firstname.lastname@example.org, a mailing list that is double gatewayed to
the newsgroup _swat.org.sccs mailing list for general discussion,
- email@example.com, a moderated mailing list gatewayed to
the newsgroup _swat.org.sccs for announcements of importance to all SCCS
- firstname.lastname@example.org, a mailing list double gatewayed to the
newsgroup _swat.org.sccs.policy for discussion of both SCCS Unix policy and
general SCCS policy.
Membership in the SCCS is defined as being a student at Swarthmore College
and having a subscription to the sccs-announce mailing list.
A user is defined as any person who has an account on one of the SCCS run
The officers are responsible for the overall function of the SCCS, and the
organization of tutorials on topics of interest to the membership. The
officers will also be responsible for running of elections for the Unix
Policy Board, and overall SCCS policy, such as this document. Additionally
the officers may create such structures as are necessary for the functioning
of the SCCS. There are three officerial positions in the SCCS.
Officers are elected annually at the end of the academic term by the SCCS
members. Prerequisite to officership is membership in the SCCS; technical
knowledge is not required. An officer may also be a sysadmin. All officers
are expected to attend the regular meetings of the SCCS, usually weekly, but
this is subject to change.
- the President(Member(student)),
- the Treasurer(Member(student)), and
- the Secretary(Member(student))
The president of the SCCS is the primary contact person for the
organization, and the head of the Unix Policy Board. As the head of the Unix
Policy Board the president is responsible for running the weekly meetings
and making sure that as issues arise they are dealt with in a timely manner.
The Treasurer is responsible for all contact with the Student Council Budget
and is responsible for obtaining funding for SCCS activities.
The Secretary is responsible for keeping the minutes of the meetings,
maintaining general policy documents, keeping the list of members up to date
and maintaining all SCCS mailing lists.
The Sysadmins, or System Administrators, are primarily responsible for the
day to day running of the SCCS workstations, collectively known as the
Aviary. All internal organization of the sysadmins and the exact
responsibilities of each sysadmin will be decided upon by the sysadmins.
Sysadmins are appointed by the Unix Policy Board as vacancies occur.
Sysadmins' progress and performance are subject to regular reviews by the
policy board. The policy board has the authority to modify the number of
sysadmins, and may hire and release sysadmins at any time. Unless terminated
the policy board, sysadmins will retain their positions until graduation,
unless they relinquish their position by notifying the policy board and the
other sysadmins. Prerequisite to sysadminship is membership in the SCCS;
technical knowledge is not required, although a desire to learn and a
commitment to fulfill the responsibilities is. A sysadmin may also be an
officer. Sysadmins are required to attend sysadmin meetings, which will be
scheduled as necessary.
the Unix Policy Board(President Sysadmins Users(students))
The Unix Policy Board is responsible for all SCCS Unix policy and the
selection of sysadmins. The policy board also has the power to appoint
subadmins, people responsible to the sysadmins and the policy board, who
will be granted additional Unix access and privileges so that they may
perform tasks for which they were appointed. An example of this is the
current subadmin position of Webmaster. Unless immediate action is necessary
or the matter is confidential, all Unix policy decisions will be made by the
policy board at open meetings. For a decision to pass four members of the
policy board must be present and at least three must agree. The sysadmins
have a limited power to veto decisions by the Unix Policy Board. A veto
requires agreement of the vast majority of the sysadmins, with no more than
one dissension. Usually policy issues will be discussed on the policy
list/newsgroup prior to the meeting. Any user may request that the board
review a case or hear a complaint. Users may also request a physical meeting
of the board for these same reasons. This will usually be granted if school
is in session. The Unix Policy Board will consist of five members:
In the case where the president is a sysadmin, there will only be one other
sysadmin and there will be three elected users. Prerequisite to being on the
policy board is an account on the SCCS machines and a minimal level of
technical competence. Officers other than the president may run for the user
positions. Board members will be required to attend weekly meetings and
actively participate in policy decisions.
- the Chair - the president of the SCCS
- two sysadmins - selected by the sysadmins
- two SCCS users - elected by all SCCS users
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last updated 4/25/95